Why are you here? What is your destiny? What is God’s purpose? These are questions that have been around for ages. When we read the first chapter of Ephesians more questions arise. Why has God blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places? Why has God chosen us to be holy and blameless? Why has God predestined us for adoption? Ephesians 1:6 contains the ultimate reason. God did these things “to the praise of his glorious grace.” God did this to cause people to praise the Father who is full of glory for his grace which he bestowed on us in Christ. This is all for the glory of God. Paul said it this way to the Thessalonians:
To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 1:11–12 ESV)
I want you to notice how strongly Paul wants us to understand that this is our purpose. Not only does Ephesians 1:6 say that God did this to the praise of his glorious grace, but notice Ephesians 1:12. Notice that God acted so that we “might be to the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:14 also says, “to the praise of his glory.” What are all of these spiritual blessings for? They are for the praise of his glory. What does God want you to do? God wants you to praise his glory that is seen through his grace. Being chosen and predestined before we were created shows the grace of God. His grace is to cause us to praise him. God chose you so that you would praise his glory. God predestined you to adoption so you would praise his glory. God did all of this before the creation of the world so that you would not praise yourself, but would praise his glory. God did this so that you would love him, seek him, honor him, and be filled with zeal for him.
Now think about why this should bring about our praise. We stand outside of a relationship with Christ. We are not in his family and we have no reason to belong to his family. We do not deserve to be in his family because we have broken the Father’s laws. We have no portion and no access to God. But through Christ we now have full legal ownership and rights to the family.
But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. 10 In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. 11 Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. (Hebrews 2:9–11 NIV)
Can you believe that Jesus calls us family, brothers and sisters, and is not ashamed to do so? Have you had family members that you were ashamed of because of their actions? What have you done that you are ashamed of? What have you done that you think God is ashamed of you? Through Jesus he is not ashamed to be in the same family as you! What a great privilege adoption provides for us. God had predetermined that he would bring humans into his family, call them his sons and daughters, which Jesus as our brother. Oh, the depths of God’s love that are displayed so that we would praise his glory because of his grace toward us. This privilege is only found in the Beloved, that is, in Christ.
Why are you here? What is your destiny? You are to be to the praise of his glory. God elected you and predestined you to adoption so that you would bring praise and honor to him. All that we do is to be for the praise of his glory. His grace is poured into our lives to display his glory. It was God’s purpose to decide beforehand that he would adopt humans to be his children. What will you do today to the praise of his glory? What will you say to the praise of his glory? You’ve been adopted. How will you praise him now?